The recent heavy rain has raised some concerns about the roof of the church at North Walsham. These are now being dealt with. Meanwhile the re-decorating of the church will begin on Monday, 24th July and will continue for at least three weeks. During this time the church will not be used for services. Sunday Mass will take place in the parish hall and there will be no weekday Masses in the church. The weekday Mass at Hoveton (Wednesday) and Aylsham (Friday) will continue as usual. Saturday Confessions will be in the presbytery from 12 to 12.30 and at other times by appointment.
I am grateful for the suggestions for the colour scheme from parishioners: these have been helpful in arriving at the final choice of colours which, because the church is a listed building, has been approved by the diocese.
Meanwhile preparations for the Jubilee Mass and lunch next Saturday are well advanced. We will use the hall and (weather permitting) the garden to accommodate the 176 people or so – parishioners, family and friends – who will be attending. If you haven’t yet signed up please do so this weekend.
The Senior Citizens’ Group (NW) meets Monday 17th July when there will be the normal activities in the morning and a “Sports” event in the afternoon.
The Group breaks for the summer 24th July with a Mystery Tour.
Working with Missionaries of the Poor. Fr Michael Johnstone is again taking a group to Kingston, Jamaica, to work as volunteers with the Missionaries of the Poor. Anyone aged over 18, male or female, is welcome to join the group. For further information from Fr Michael, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01603 664118.
Fr James’ Anniversary Luncheon. As Father has said in his letter, there is still time to sign the lists in church porches if you wish to go. Just a reminder: it takes place on Saturday 22nd July at about 1.00pm, following a Thanksgiving Mass at 12noon.
On the evening before, Friday, at around 6pm we would welcome some strong support from some of our stronger parishioners/friends and, equally again after the celebrations on the Saturday, to help clear away tables, gazebos etc and appreciate help with tidying the hall.
Sylvia Butler, who has now had her operation, would be very grateful of our continued prayers as she gradually regains her health.
We continue to pray for all involved in the tragic London tower block disaster. We also pray for those whose anniversaries occur this week including: Rhoda Egan, John Scoley, Eva Dooney and Frank.Diamond. May they rest in peace.
This month’s project: renewable/sustainable energy
This week’s suggestion: Hang clothes outside to dry,
instead of using a tumble dryer